Weekly Newsletter • July 1, 2022

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter. Articles this week include Alameda’s reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, progress reports from major developments around the island, the July Fourth Parade is back after a two-year hiatus, and history about Alameda’s first mass transit system of horse-drawn streetcars in the 1870s.

I am pleased to announce that Gil Michaels is our newest contributor. Many of you know and have enjoyed his slightly-tall tales of his days of yore here in Alameda. We’re glad to share his first piece for us this week, about his experiences with a new kind of sandwich at the Woolworth’s lunch counter at South Shore.

I have been working on a project behind the scenes, and I would like your input. I put together a weather page that features our own information that comes from a weather station in the middle of the island, not the Oakland airport.

The page is still a work in progress and has some rough edges, but it has lots of potential. Drop me a line and let me know what information you’d like to see on the page or would otherwise find useful to know about our local weather conditions.

Map showing infilled areas of Alameda

Alameda’s Innovative Streetcars Walking Tours

Our history walking tours are led by award-winning East Bay historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky. Join us as we trace the paths created by Alameda’s streetcars, which began in 1872 as a horsecar line and blossomed into extensive electric lines in 1893. While these cars were serving Alameda, the Southern Pacific introduced a state-of-the-art system that carried the Big Reds through Alameda and beyond.

Attend all three tours – Advance tickets $40 for all three

  • Saturday, July 9 – Advance tickets $15. An imaginary ride on two of Meetz's three horsecar lines and a visit to Fassking’s Hotel. Meet at Union Street and Santa Clara Avenue.

  • Saturday, July 16 – Advance tickets $15. Electricity powers Southern Pacific’s streetcars. Meet at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue at the parking lot.

  • Saturday, July 23 – Advance tickets $15. A walk along Fernside Boulevard, a right-of-way that the Southern Pacific Railroad built especially to accommodate the ‘Big Reds.’ Meet at High Street and Encinal Avenue at the fountain.

Tour starts at 10 a.m. and continues until about 12:30 p.m. We will cover a distance of one–three miles, depending on the location. Well-behaved dogs, strollers, and mobility devices welcome. Tickets may be available on the day of the tour, if space permits, for $20 per person at the start of the tour.

Visit our tour information page at for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.

Tour and Ticket Info

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News Bites

Memories of Bay Farm Island and the AFD

Retired Alameda firefighter Dave LeMoine grew up on Bay Farm Island in the 40s and 50s, before he joined the Alameda Fire Department in the 60s. He has shared his memories with the Post to serialize. We post new installments every Friday.

Don’t forget to listen to this week’s episode of the Alameda PostCast, which was released this morning. It’s ten minutes of your time well-spent, including interesting details and coverage not on the website. Visit our Podcast page to listen now, otherwise it’s available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda Postcast podcast.”

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As always, If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please reply to this email, and I will respond.

Thank you again for supporting independent and nonprofit Alameda news!

See you at the Parade on Monday!


Adam Gillitt
Publisher, Alameda Post